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USS Salvager (ARSD-3) (1946 - 1967)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Gypsy Class Salvage Lifting Vessel:
  • Authorized as LSM-551
  • Redesignated ARSD-3, 24 April 1945 Named Salvager, 1 May 1945 Laid down, 27 August 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 7 December 1945
  • Commissioned USS Salvager (ARSD-3), 22 March 1946, LCDR Howard L. Kubel, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 23 November 1965
  • Converted to a non-self propelled vessel in 1966
  • Redesignated Salvage Craft Medium YMLC-3, 16 October 1967
  • Placed in service in December 1967
  • Placed our of service in July 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1972
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    LSM Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    one twin bow mounted 40mm gun
    four single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    Salvager 105k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) moored pierside, date and location unknown, circa 1950s, courtesy Robert Hurst
    Baldwin 101k USS Baldwin (DD-624) at right during operations to refloat her at Montauk Point, Long Island, N.Y., at 1030 hrs. 28 April 1961. The "mothballed" destroyer had broken free from her towline, 16 April 1961, and drifted ashore. Among the ships engaged in the salvage effort are USS Hoist (ARS-40), USS Salvager (ARSD-3), USS Windlass (ARSD-4) and a fleet tug (ATF). photographed from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station Quonset Point, R. I. Baldwin was towed seaward by USS Luiseno (ATF-156), bottom left, and USS Recovery (ARS-43), top left, and sunk by their gunfire, in 200 fathoms. Both Salvager and Windlass (ARSD-4), participated in towing her off the beach.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 99108
    Robert Hurst
    Salvager 66k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) under way in August 1965, location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    127k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) and USS Mender (ARS(D)-2) attempting to raise the capsized survey ship Kellar (AGS-25) at New Orleans, LA., after Hurricane "Betsy" in September 1965.
    U.S. Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine December 1965, p. 4
    Robert Hurst
    Salvager 55k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Salvager 64k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Mud, Muscles and Miracles" by Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN, and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Salvager 93k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) under way in New York Harbor, early 1960s. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Salvager 73k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) moored pierside with Bristol (DD-857) at the Boston Naval Shipyard, date unknown. USS Constitution
    Note: USS Constitution rigging visible in background
    ©Richard Leonhardt
    Windless 53k USS Windlass (ARSD-4) at left and USS Salvager (ARSD-3) at right working together, date and location unknown. USS LSM /LSMR Association

    USS Salvager (ARSD-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Kubel, Howard Leo, USNR22 March 1946 - ?
    02LCDR. Prasons, James C.? - August 1952
    03LCDR. Lawson, J.August 1952 - ?
    04LCDR. Allen, Robert Charles, USN1957 - 9 September 1958
    05LCDR. Jordan, Francis Pershing, USN9 September 1958 - 24 January 1961
    06LCDR. Leidhold, Edwin Marian, USN24 January 1961 - 9 December 1962
    07LCDR. Winant III, Barent Parlee, USN9 December 1962 - 23 November 1965
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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